Kathleen A. Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN
Kathleen A. Bixby, a former Army nurse, returned to her roots and began working at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005, conveying 25 years of experience from multiple venues including intensive care, advanced illness home and hospice care, and oncology case management. She is an approved End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer, and has served as VA Faculty for Palliative Care Leadership training and provided national workgroup leadership promoting VA-wide palliative and end-of-life education. Kathy’s past clinical certifications include Critical Care and Oncology, and she is currently certified as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse. In addition to working in Geriatric and Palliative Care Staff Development, she also serves as the palliative care team member for the medical center’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic. Kathy co-authored ‘Caring for Veterans,’ a chapter in Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association’s 4rd edition of Conversations in Palliative Care. Kathy is a Reiki Master with training in iRest Yoga Nidra and certification as HeartMath Trainer. She is also certified as a Caritas Coach through the Watson Caring Science Institute. Kathy is an Opus Peace Ambassador, and her interests include communication, expressive and healing arts, whole-person caring relative to wholehearted living, integrative health and well-being, and spirituality in healthcare.